What is your “why”?
What is your response when someone asks you why you got into education?
Serving others and changing the world for the better are the “whys” that drive me.
Serving others sounds reasonable and relatable to others, especially those who are outside of our field.
However, the second “why” – helping change the world for the better – gets a different response: a coy smile, a “yeah, right” look, or some sort of patronizing response.
But it’s true – I want to change the world and make it a better place. I believe that education is the key to that change. The values we lift up show our kids the importance of integrity, responsibility and citizenship and what that looks like when we apply what we’ve learned to create something new or solve a problem that exists.
I love this thought from the book Start. Right. Now.: Teach and Lead for Excellence —
Good teachers help students learn facts so they can do well on tests and progress in school.
Great teachers empower students to use knowledge to change the world.
Whitaker, T., Zoul, J., & Casas, J. (2017). Start. Right. Now.: teach ande lead for excellence. San Diego: Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc.
The learning experiences we create for kids should go beyond just covering a curriculum or making sure we “hit” standards. Our work needs to be rooted in the bigger goal of creating students who are empowered to use knowledge to make the world better.
When we talk about “exercising the gap” between good and great, we are talking about pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone and escape from “that’s the way we’ve always done it”. Doing so gets us and our students closer to a more personalized learning experience and to a point where we are developing learner agency.
It’s shocking to me how people dismiss the importance of education to our future. It’s even more shocking when educators misplace this importance.
Let’s continue to commit ourselves to developing an understanding of the importance of the work we do and how it connects to the success our students will experience in their future.
Each one of us is the key to developing a future we hope to see.
Have a GREAT week!
Worth Checking Out
How Schools Can Face The ‘Bad Habits’ That Inhibit Meaningful Changes https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2017/03/06/how-schools-can-face-the-bad-habits-that-inhibit-meaningful-changes/
Want to Fix Schools? Go to the Principal’s Office https://nyti.ms/2m9RAWx
13 – Spring Flower Sale Orders due
14 – IMPACT PD (K-2 Teachers)
15 – Olive Tree Spirit DAY; Spec Ed Team Meeting, noon; RTI Team meeting, 3:40
16 – Admin meeting (Herb, AM); 5th Grade Musical Performances: 10:50, 1:20, & 7pm
17 – BAC meeting (rescheduled to this date), 8:15am
20-24 – Spring Break
27 – Class Panoramic Pictures
29 – Staff Meeting, 3:45 – One2One Pioneers to present.
30-31 – Herb in DC
April (State Testing dates listed below)
3 – School Community Meeting – “Adjust and Adapt”, 10:45am; Board of Education meeting at ADE, 7pm
4 – BIT meeting, 8am
6 – Admin meeting (Herb, AM)
10 – Preschool IEP meetings (Herb/Brian H), throughout day
12 – Staff Meeting – Progress check on Data Team goal
13 – Mental Health and Wellness Team meeting, 8am; One2One Principal meeting, 10am
14 – Holiday, No School
Ohio State Assessment Schedule at ADE (Grades 3, 4 & 5):
Tuesday, April 4 — Grade 5 English Language Arts, Part 1
Wednesday, April 5 — Grade 5 English Language Arts, Part 2
Thursday, April 6 — Grades 3 & 4 English Language Arts, Part 1
Friday, April 7 — Grades 3 & 4 English Language Arts, Part 2
Tuesday, April 18 — Grade 5 Mathematics, Parts 1 & 2
Wednesday, April 19 — Grade 4 Mathematics, Parts 1 & 2
Thursday, April 20 — Grade 3 Mathematics, Parts 1 & 2
Tuesday, April 25 — Grade 5 Science and Grade 4 Social Studies, Parts 1 & 2